North Coast Health Ministry recognized for hypertension care

North Coast Health Ministry (NCHM), a free clinic serving the low-income uninsured on Greater Cleveland’s West Side, has attained recognition by Better Health Greater Cleveland for outstanding achievement in high blood pressure care and control. The results were published in the Better Health Greater Cleveland Winter 2012 Community Health Checkup.

“We have long said it is our goal to provide care to our patients that is on par in quality with that provided to anyone of greater economic means or regardless of insurance status,” says NCHM Executive Director Lee Elmore. “This demonstrates that the quality of care we are providing for our patients with hypertension is not only on par – it is of the highest quality in the region.”

Eighty percent of North Coast Health Ministry’s patients have chronic diseases, with hypertension being among the most prevalent. 

“Our entire team is focused on providing coordinated, proactive disease management to our patients with chronic illness, and we are extremely pleased and proud to be recognized for excellence in managing this particular disease,” says NCHM Medical Director Philip Tomsik, M.D.

North Coast Health Ministry serves uninsured individuals that fall below 250 percent of the federal poverty level (income level varies based on family size) within 17 zip codes in northwestern Cuyahoga or northeastern Lorain counties. To become a patient, interested individuals should call 216-228-7878.

Elizabeth O'Brien

North Coast Health Ministry Development Associate

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 12:16 PM, 02.21.2012